BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:05 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been relatively busy in the Al-Raqqa countryside this week, attacking several villages under the control of the Islamic State (ISIL) forces.
Within 48 hours of launching their assault, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces liberated the 15+ villages in Al-Raqqa, while also capturing the strategic Rusafa Oil Fields near an important junction along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway.
However, despite this massive advance in the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army is not ready to push east.
The reason the Syrian Arab Army is not pushing east has to do with the current situation near the Khanasser Highway; this road is the government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate.
Before they can push deeper into the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army will have clear the Islamic State’s last pocket between the Raqqa, Hama, and Aleppo governorates.
Once this pocket is cleared, the Syrian Arab Army will have more than one supply route to the Aleppo Governorate and they will have secured the Khanasser Highay.